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Archbishop welcomes World Meeting of Families announcement

The Anglican Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough, Michael Jackson, has welcomed the announcement by the Vatican this morning that the Roman Catholic Church’s next World Meeting of Families will be held in Dublin in 2018. It will be the ninth such meeting to have taken place – the last one was in Philadelphia in 2015.

24 May 2016

Easter message from Archbishop Michael Jackson

An Easter message from the Most Revd Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland

25 March 2016

Bible-reading marathon for year of opportunity

A diocese of the Church of Ireland has embarked on a marathon four-day public reading of the entire Bible as part of its Year of Opportunity – a designation it has given to 2016 during which parishes will focus on mission, generosity and children.

21 March 2016

Irish Catholics and Anglicans unite for Saint Patrick's Day service

The Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic Archbishops of Dublin joined the Choirs of Christ Church Cathedral and the Girls’ Choir of St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, took part in a united service on the eve of St Patrick’s Day to convey a powerful message of Christian unity. The service, on Wednesday evening this week, united the choirs’ voices united for “a magnificent and historic Festal Choral Evensong.” 

18 March 2016

Easter returns to Dublin Cathedral

Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral will hold an Easter Day service after all, following discussions between diocesan officials, the government, and the Irish police service. It had been announced that security around commemorations of the centenary of the Easter Rising would make the service impossible. Six city centre churches will remain closed.

04 March 2016

Swaziland declares national emergency as drought intensifies

The government of Swaziland has declared a national emergency as the southern African nation continues to suffer the effects of a devastating drought. The Prime Minister said that the draught, which began in 2014 has “deepened in severity, with a path that has defied regional weather forecasting” and has had “devastating consequences.”

02 March 2016

Safety fears force Easter Sunday closure of Dublin churches

Dublin’s Anglican Cathedral and six city centre churches are being forced to close on Easter Sunday as a result of a safety cordon being put in place by security officials because of events being held to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising, which eventually paved the way for the creation of an independent Irish nation.

16 February 2016

Church of Ireland marks Easter Rising centenary

The centenary of the Easter Rising – an armed insurrection by republicans seeking an end to British rule in Ireland that would eventually lead to the formation of an independent Ireland – will be marked by the Church of Ireland with an evening of presentations and discussion at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin.

08 February 2016

French WWII honour for retired Irish priest

A former soldier who took part in the D-Day landings and the liberation of Brussels before becoming a priest after World War II has this week received France’s highest military award. The Revd Canon Robert William Marsden was awarded Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur during a ceremony this week.

29 January 2016

Day of Prayer for young people

Churches and Christians in Ireland are being asked to spend a day in prayer for young people and youth ministry across the island on Sunday 7 February. 

25 January 2016

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C of E investment arm trebles capital in two decades

The Church of England’s investment arm, the Church Commissioners, has almost trebled the value of its investment fund over a 20-year period, it announced this week. The value of the Commissioners’ investment fund has grown from £2.4 billion at the start of 1995, to £7.00bn at the end of 2015; producing a return of 8.2 per cent last year.

ACC commits to "walking together" with the Primates

The Anglican Consultative Council has committed to “walk together” with the Primates of the Anglican Communion in response to Archbishop Justin Welby’s report on January’s Primates’ Gathering and Meeting which called for “consequences” for the US-based Episcopal Church following its decision to change its regulations to allow same-sex marriage.